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Live Music in Clubs and Bars in Downtown NYC This Week - May 12-May 19

May 12, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
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Downtown NYC has long been a capital of live music. With venues like the Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, and Terra Blues, fans of rock, jazz, and more have long been drawn here. City Guide's roundup of live music in clubs and bars will connect you with tunes at dozens of great downtown venues.

The Great Love Debate at The Loft - 5/12 - City Winery
May 12, 2019 - 2nd floor New York

The Great Love Debate world tour returns to NYC! Guys on the left, girls on the right at this wild, feisty, hilarious, interactive show on love, sex, dating, and relationships in 2019! Brian Howie is an award-winning director, producer, and the author of "How to Find Love in 60 Seconds", and he has been the subject of features on FOX, ABC, CNN, Entertainment Weekly, the New Yorker, and Esquire Magazine. Time Magazine named him America's #1 Dating Enthusiast - yet he is still single!

Private Event - Pianos
May 12, 2019 - New York

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Awil Onuag Windowsill & Ashtray - Pianos
May 12, 2019 - New York

This event is 21 and over Who is Awil Onuag? Where is Awil from? What does he represent and why does he wear this mask? Awil Onuag's artistic journey began 11 years ago. Some say his journey began 72 years ago. There's not much more that we know. THE END.

Sheryl Bailey 3 - 55 Bar
May 12, 2019 - New York

Sheryl Bailey...Guitar Ron Oswanski...Organ Ian Froman...Drums

Jim Campilongo - 55 Bar
May 12, 2019 - New York

10th Annual CompCord Marathon - DROM
May 12, 2019 - New York

For the 10th year in a row we invite 25+ composers to answer a simple question; What kind of music will you write if you know you are one of the performers? This time around we add a theme into the fray, as the composers are asked to write 4 minuet compsotions on the theme of 'Animals'. The 3 hour marathon will showcase some amazing composer/performers, and hey if you don't like a piece, it will be done in 4 minuets and perhaps the next one will be your cup of tea. Plus an added bonus this year; Its mothers day - so music about animals and their mothers get extra points!

Jim Ridl - 55 Bar
May 13, 2019 - New York

Marriage: The UPS and Downs in Song - The Duplex
May 13, 2019 - New York

Diane Love is a working actress, artist, cabaret singer. Jay Nickerson is an actor/singer who has appeared Off-Broadway, in regional theater and in national tours.

Mike Zito w/ Jeremiah Johnson Band at The Loft - 5/14 - City Winery
May 14, 2019 - 2nd floor New York

Modern life moves fast. Rolling news. Rapid-fire tweets. A relentless barrage of (mis)information. Make Blues Not War is an album that demands you sign out, log off and turn yourself over instead to the old-fashioned pleasures of great music. "We hear about everything 24/7 now," says Mike Zito. "The news never stops and it's all become propaganda. But when you turn off the news and turn on some blues, the world is a beautiful place. I think music is the cure for all ailments. Always has been. Always will be." Released in 2016 on Ruf Records, Make Blues Not War is Mike's second release since leaving the mighty Royal Southern Brotherhood, his 13th overall – and perhaps his most energetic to date. "Make Blues Not War is a really fun album," he says, "chock-full of blues with lots of guitar playing. It's a very upbeat record with intense energy. Blues should make you feel good, and I think this record serves the purpose well." That atmosphere of positivity began at the album sessions, as Mike tracked alongside Grammy Award-winning producer (and co-writer) Tom Hambridge at the Sound Stage Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. "It was so much fun," he remembers. "It's a completely live albu... (read more)

Leni Stern - 55 Bar
May 14, 2019 - New York

Stan Killian Quartet - 55 Bar
May 14, 2019 - New York

Stan Killian...Tenor Saxophone Bruce Barth...Fender Rhodes Corcoran Holt...Bass McClenty Hunter...Drums

Category Is - The Duplex
May 14, 2019 - New York

Category Is: Is a Bi-Monthly Drag Show where you never know what to expect. Each show will present a new theme where 6 performers showcase their talents and gag the audience with their eleganza. Hosted by the Vivacious, Jizzelle Amore, you can expect a show full of laughs, games and surprises!

Silver Arrow Band - DROM
May 14, 2019 - New York

The Silver Arrows are a premium 3-14 man band that are specialists in high-energy music for festivals, events and private functions - at a sensible price. We pride ourselves on having a "cooler-than-average" song list that is never cheesey, and focuses squarely on filling your dance-floor. With the Silver Arrow Band you'll get the best musicians in the country, playing your favourite music. The Silver Arrows play a wide variety of tunes, but our trademark specialty is up-tempo festival-style music - capable of everything from chart classics, funk grooves, soul, swing/jazz to current top 40 and dance hits. On one night we might be playing completely 1950s rock n' roll, and on the next night, only 80s hits. Or a mixture of eveything- you really have to see it live to understand!

Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram w/ Danielia Cotton at The Loft - 5/15 - City Winery
May 15, 2019 - 2nd floor New York

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram's love of music grew from the rich Gospel sounds emanating from his family's church and the Blues music he regularly heard played in his Delta neighborhood. A cousin to legendary Country music great, Charlie Pride and trained at the Delta Blues Museum under the tutelage of Daddy Rich and Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry, Kingfish undoubtedly has music in his soul. At the tender age of 6, Kingfish began playing the drums. Three years later, he took up the bass guitar. By the age of 13, he began playing lead guitar. Soon he was fluent in all three instruments and quickly added smooth vocals to his musical repertoire. Kingfish's guitar influences run the gamut from the Delta Blues of Robert Johnson, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, and Lightnin' Hopkins to the electric Blues of B.B. King, Big Jack Johnson, Lefty Dizz, Albert King and Buddy Guy to the Rock of Jimi Hendrix, Prince and Eddie Hazel. Not only can Kingfish play in the styling of his idols and mentors, but he also has an amazing ability to create guitar sounds entirely his own. Through his young career, Kingfish has shared the stage with legendary names such as Bob Margolin, Eric Gales, Rick Derringer, Guitar... (read more)

Christian Prince Monica Bang Crocodyle - Pianos
May 15, 2019 - New York

This event is 21 and over Monica Bang is a band created and fronted by Kyra Tantao in collaboration with Huxley Rittman. Monica Bang explores social justice, political protest, and the melding of anger and joy. Monica is about sweat, dancing, screaming, and fun. While there are too many genres in the world to identify with just one, one might say that Monica Bang is punk. Or perhaps jump core noise pop riot grrrl outer space music.

Partysharks NYC Dj Set, 10pm Free Nicole Stella - Pianos
May 15, 2019 - New York

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Mike Stern - 55 Bar
May 15, 2019 - New York

Mike Stern...Guitar & Occasional Voice Edmond Gilmore...Bass Richie Morales...Drums

Melissa Stylianou - 55 Bar
May 15, 2019 - New York

Christone 'Kingfish' Ingram W/ Danielia Cotton at the Loft - 5/15 - City Winery
May 15, 2019 - New York

Christone "Kingfish" Ingram's love of music grew from the rich Gospel sounds emanating from his family's church and the Blues music he regularly heard played in his Delta neighborhood. A cousin to legendary Country music great, Charlie Pride and trained at the Delta Blues Museum under the tutelage of Daddy Rich and Bill Howl-N-Madd Perry, Kingfish undoubtedly has music in his soul. At the tender age of 6, Kingfish began playing the drums. Three years later, he took up the bass guitar. By the age of 13, he began playing lead guitar. Soon he was fluent in all three instruments and quickly added smooth vocals to his musical repertoire. Kingfish's guitar influences run the gamut from the Delta Blues of Robert Johnson, Elmore James, Muddy Waters, and Lightnin' Hopkins to the electric Blues of B.B. King, Big Jack Johnson, Lefty Dizz, Albert King and Buddy Guy to the Rock of Jimi Hendrix, Prince and Eddie Hazel. Not only can Kingfish play in the styling of his idols and mentors, but he also has an amazing ability to create guitar sounds entirely his own. Through his young career, Kingfish has shared the stage with legendary names such as Bob Margolin, Eric Gales, Rick Derringer, Guitar... (read more)

Hard Pass by Katie Compa - The Duplex
May 15, 2019 - New York

Join standup comic Katie Compa for her first-ever full-length comedy album recording, Hard Pass. Katie is a standup comic based in New York City. She was born physically in Washington, DC, where she developed a biting sense of humor as a defense mechanism growing up an ugly duckling, and comedically in the San Francisco Bay Area. Equal parts smart, sarcastic and sassy, Katie cracks up audiences worldwide. Early show 7:00 PM. Late show 9:30 PM. Hosted by Sharron Paul (IFC’s Neurotica) Featuring Calvin Cato (SF Sketchfest) Produced by Jamie Rabinovitch Recorded by Little Lamb Recordings $8 Ticket in Advance & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre* $13 Ticket at the Door (plus service fee) & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*

New York School of Burleque Student Showcase - DROM
May 15, 2019 - New York

New York School of Burleque Student Showcase

Tom Petty Tribute – Damn The Torpedoes at The Loft - 5/16 - City Winery
May 16, 2019 - 2nd floor New York

Damn The Torpedoes Rich Kubicz, who plays the role of Tom Petty in the show, has been playing guitar and singing since his early teens. By 2007, so many people had told him that he looked and sounded like Tom Petty that he decided to put together Damn The Torpedoes as a tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The goal was to play all of the studio hits, some of the live versions and a few deep cuts to create the illusion of a Tom Petty concert performance. This meant that each band member would need to find the same sounds as on the records and play their parts note for note. Over the years Damn The Torpedoes has evolved with a deeper understanding of the Tom Petty catalog and more committed members. The current lineup has been in place for several years and demonstrates the unspoken chemistry that makes any great band. All of the signature riffs, harmonies and underlying parts of the music are there---and the show has become "second nature" with an artistry and emotion that makes audiences smile. Or as Rich likes to say, we deliver the "awe factor" in every performance. Jimi Alan (Mike Campbell... Lead Guitar) Jimi has been playing guitar professionally for over 30 years... (read more)

Wayne Krantz - 55 Bar
May 16, 2019 - New York

Wayne Krantz...Guitar Evan Marien...Bass Mark Guiliana...Drums

Jake Ezra - 55 Bar
May 16, 2019 - New York

Angel & Dren + Friends DJ Set (12am Free) Da Odd Couple - Dj Rob Swift & Mista Sinista (7-12am Free) - Pianos
May 16, 2019 - New York

This event is 21 and over

#Thedancepartynyc FT. Taela Naomi DJ Set (10pm Free) Dj Celine - Pianos
May 16, 2019 - New York

This event is 21 and over Taela Naomi is an award winning DJ, model and educator based in NYC whose talent and presence have gained attention both in NYC and internationally. Raised in Brooklyn, NY, Taela's early musical influences included everything from classical composers Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky to Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, and Michael Jackson. After earning her B.A. from Amherst College, Taela performed as a dancer with shows including The Producers, Dreamgirls, and Bill T. Jones' Broadway adaptation of Superfly. With her knowledge of diverse musical genres, natural ability for cutting and blending, impenetrable focus, and bubbly spirit, Taela has risen to become one of NYC's most sought after DJs. She has played all over NYC and has earned praise from the legendary DJ Red Alert and played alongside the great DJ Tony Touch. Her signature party, The Dance Party, has become a weekly go-to event for music lovers, dancers, and NYC trendsetters. Her latest party series, Rum + Pum Pum Shorts which features Afrobeat, dancehall, reggae, and soca music, has been selling out in record time since it launched in September 2017. Taela won the prestigious Uptown Battle of the Bars ... (read more)

Drunk In Love - The Duplex
May 16, 2019 - New York

Has New York City's dating scene ever driven you to hit the sauce? Come marinate with Nolan and Megan as they lead you through a boozy blend of drinking games and show tunes. Self-accredited sommeliers, our stars have been seen regionally in productions like: Mamma Mia, Evita, Godspell, Jekyll and Hyde, and Elf! No strangers to the love of drama and the drama of love, the two brew together a happy hour of uncorked comedy and robust romance. And remember friends, the glass is neither half empty or half full...it just needs to be topped off! Cheers!

Jonatha Brooke at The Loft - 5/17 - City Winery
May 17, 2019 - 2nd floor New York

Jonatha Brooke has been writing songs, making records and touring since the early 90's. After four major label releases, she started her own independent label, Bad Dog Records in 1999, and has since released eight more albums - her two most recent, the companion CD to her critically acclaimed, one woman, Off-Broadway musical My Mother Has Four Noses; and 2016's Midnight. Hallelujah. Jonatha has co-written songs with Katy Perry and The Courtyard Hounds. She's also written for four Disney films, numerous television shows, and she composed and performed the theme song for Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. In 2014 Ms. Brooke debuted her one woman musical, My Mother Has Four Noses, at the Duke Theater on 42nd Street, in NYC. The show ran for 3 months, to rave reviews, and was a critics pick in the NY Times. She recently finished a month-long run of My Mother has 4 Noses at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis. Jonatha is also currently touring nationally and internationally, teaching songwriting workshops along the way, and working on two new musical projects - Quadroon, with the late legendary jazz pianist/composer Joe Sample; and Switched with playwright Geoffrey Nauffts. She will release an e... (read more)

Jonatha Brooke at The Loft (Late Show) - 5/17 - City Winery
May 17, 2019 - 2nd floor New York

Jonatha Brooke has been writing songs, making records and touring since the early 90's. After four major label releases, she started her own independent label, Bad Dog Records in 1999, and has since released eight more albums - her two most recent, the companion CD to her critically acclaimed, one woman, Off-Broadway musical My Mother Has Four Noses; and 2016's Midnight. Hallelujah. Jonatha has co-written songs with Katy Perry and The Courtyard Hounds. She's also written for four Disney films, numerous television shows, and she composed and performed the theme song for Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. In 2014 Ms. Brooke debuted her one woman musical, My Mother Has Four Noses, at the Duke Theater on 42nd Street, in NYC. The show ran for 3 months, to rave reviews, and was a critics pick in the NY Times. She recently finished a month-long run of My Mother has 4 Noses at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis. Jonatha is also currently touring nationally and internationally, teaching songwriting workshops along the way, and working on two new musical projects - Quadroon, with the late legendary jazz pianist/composer Joe Sample; and Switched with playwright Geoffrey Nauffts. She will release an e... (read more)

Felix Pastorius - 55 Bar
May 17, 2019 - New York

Gabriela Anders - 55 Bar
May 17, 2019 - New York

Grumby DJ Set (11pm Free), Dry Reef, Eleanor Tallie, Ruby Bones, Brooklyn Pearl - Pianos
May 17, 2019 - New York

This event is 21 and over DRY REEF is a group dedicated to establishing a wave of high-energy, uplifting music. Rooted in the rock/reggae sound that put them on the map, the young group incorporates inflections of indie-surf rock and electronic post-rock forming a refreshing, organic sound you cannot ignore. These 23-year-olds are rapidly evolving from dreamers to decision-leaders in the industry.

Daryn & Darren's Game Show Live - The Duplex
May 17, 2019 - New York

Daryn Carp (Bravo host) and Darren Goldberg, yes. . .two Darryns, present a unique, live game show experience where you can enter, play and win prizes! (participation is voluntary, so you can also just watch!) Join them as they guide you through rounds of trivia, on-stage games, and mysterious lightning rounds. Grab your useless knowledge and the gaming skills you never thought you had and come to have some fun!

Boss Tenors Series: Craig Handy Quartet. - Zinc Bar
May 17, 2019 - New York

Acclaimed Tenor Saxophonist Craig Handy brings his formidable quartet to the Zinc jazz club on Friday, May 17. He's supported by pianist David Kikoski, bassist Barry Stephenson, and drummer Donald Edwards. Craig Handy is known as the "musician's musician", because he's been the first call multi-instrumentalist in New York for nearly 20 years. Born in Oakland, California, he attended North Texas State University from 1981 to 1984, and following this played with Art Blakey, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Haynes, Abdullah Ibrahim, Elvin Jones, Joe Henderson, Betty Carter, George Adams, Ray Drummond, Conrad Herwig, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and David Weiss among many others. He is a member of the Mingus Big Band, Mingus Dynasty, and Mingus Orchestra.

Crosstown Vocal Spring Showcase - DROM
May 17, 2019 - New York

Crosstown Vocal is a co-ed a cappella group founded in 2011. In recent years they have performed at the New York Public Library, WNET Thirteen's 66th and Broadway Open Mic Night, sang the National Anthem for The Mets at Citifield, and sold out shows across the city.

Frank London and Deep Singh's Bagels & Bhangra and Paul Shapiro's Ribs & Brisket Revue at The Loft - 5/18 - City Winery
May 18, 2019 - 2nd floor New York

FRANK LONDON Grammy-winning trumpeter Frank London of The Klezmatics, and Indian percussion virtuoso Deep Singh, transform Irving Fields' classic 1959 LP Bagels & Bongos into a slamming Yiddish-infused Punjabi bhangra party! Fields fused Latin and Yiddish music in interpreting classic Yiddish songs like "Bay Mir Bist du Sheyn", London and Singh add a host of influences from Downtown Jazz to Bollywood to Klezmer. Frank and Deep have collaborated on a number of projects, from Sharabi, the world's first Bhangra-Funk-Klezmer party band, to the radical multimedia re-telling of Salomé: Woman of Valor. Deep studied with Ustad AllaRakha and taught George Harrison and has played with witheveryone from Falu to Sting. He was featured in the Broadway shows Bombay Dreams and Monsoon Wedding; nominated for a Grammy for his work on Falu'sBazaar; and is New York's pre-eminent dhol and tablaplayer. Sir Frank London, the "mystic high priest of downtown avant klezmer-jazz", recently premiered his Cuban-Yiddish opera, Hatuey Memory of Fire. Recent events include the sold out Carnegie Hall concert From The Shtetl to the Stage; Ghetto Songs at Hamburg's prestigious Elbephilharmonie, and Kurt Weill in N... (read more)

KJ Denhert - 55 Bar
May 18, 2019 - New York

Moses Patrou - 55 Bar
May 18, 2019 - New York

By Accident: A Love Stories - Joe Romanini - The Duplex
May 18, 2019 - New York

When your love stories never seem to end, where do you find yourself? Join actor, singer, and musician Joe Romanini in his journey to find how an accident—or three—can change everything you thought about loving others and yourself. Featuring Emma Delaney, Dani Honeyman, Morgan Hollingsworth, and musical director Anessa Marie in a night of love, songs, and stories.

Kaila and Noah's Housewarming Concert - The Duplex
May 18, 2019 - New York

After the four-year-long roller coaster ride that was Tisch Undergrad Drama, Kaila Wooten and Noah Dunton reflect on their collegiate journey through a night of songs and stories. Kick back, sing along to your favorite broadway duets, hear some original music, and maybe shed a tear or two. Definitely heckle these fake adults with words of encouragement. Come eat crock pot food with them in August. Small succulents are always welcome as gifts.

Love-Fest for Pud - The Duplex
May 18, 2019 - New York

Songs, stories, and laughter from Syracuse University Drama alumni to help our friend Andrew "Pud" Pudvah with medical costs. He's facing a health crisis with his customary good spirits, and we want to celebrate everything he means to us.

Dj Nebraska Jones (12am Free)Parlors Miss Barnes Leifer Phil from Accounting Super King Armor - Pianos
May 18, 2019 - New York

This event is 21 and over After years of initial demos and a number of attempted band names, Parlors took to the studio in 2018 after honing in on where they wanted their sound to go. Recorded in the heat of a New York summer, Parlors is instead apt to soundtrack the twilight hours of an autumn evening in this same city the band calls home. Melodies from both Matt Fullam (vocals, guitar) and lead guitarist Hart Mechlin dance on top of a hefty rhythm section backed by Matt's brother Dan on drums and bassist Matt DaSilva.

Guitar Masters Series: Bobby Broom & Peter Bernstein. - Zinc Bar
May 18, 2019 - New York

"Mr. Bernstein is a fluidly improvising guitarist in the post-bop tradition, with control over harmony and a beautiful sound." —The New York Times "[Bobby Broom] is one of the most musical guitarists of our times…" —Ted Gioia

Pew Pew Candy Carnival: A Delectable Pop up Party - DROM
May 18, 2019 - New York

Roll Up! Roll Up! The Candy Carnival is here. Follow the marshmallow road, a delectable daydream lies ahead. Come one, come all! It's a gumdrop gala. A sweet, sugary escape. Gleaming with glitter and dripping with dreams - Pew Pew houses a wondrous mix of dancers, performers and artists waiting to guide you through a candy-tinted spectacle. Confections and confetti. Bubbles and bacchanalia. Aerials and absurdity.

Dan Pugach Nonet - 55 Bar
May 19, 2019 - New York

Ray Anderson - 55 Bar
May 19, 2019 - New York

Nate Birkey - 55 Bar
May 19, 2019 - New York

Dj Zyonysus Nanaamir Segall - Pianos
May 19, 2019 - New York

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Gurly Oddysseys Dumb Girls Slark Moan Strange Weather - Pianos
May 19, 2019 - New York

Gurly is a collaboration between Hannah Glass and Courteney Rodriguez

Debashish Bhattacharya - DROM
May 19, 2019 - New York

DROM, HARRICE MILLER and ASIAN ARTS AGENCY PRESENT Debashish Bhattacharya Debashish will be accompanied by virtuoso Indian tabla player Samir Chatterjee. "Indian ragas took on a flirtatious shimmer in the hands of Debashish Bhattacharya, who infused them with strains of Flamenco and Hawaiian music and performed them on a new breed of Indian slide guitar of his own devising. The result was a heady mix of languid Polynesian sounds caffeinated by the rhythmic fireworks of the tabla of Subhasis Bhattacharya, Debashish's brother." - NY Times "This Calcutta-based slide guitarist is a perennial NPR Music favorite and Tiny Desk alumnus. He's meshed his youthful fascination with Hawaiian steel guitar and love of the blues with the architecture and vocabulary of Hindustani (North Indian) classical music. The result is intoxicating" - NPR

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